Walsh faces tough task in try­ing to turn around Knicks

The Covington News - - Sports -

NEW YORK— Don­nie Walsh is in. Now he needs a lit­tle time be­fore de­cid­ing if Isiah Thomas is out.

Walsh was hired as the New York Knicks’ pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions, tak­ing one of Thomas’ jobs. Some­time soon, Walsh will de­cide if Thomas keeps the other one as coach.

That won’t hap­pen yet, though. Thomas was in Mem­phis, where the Knicks con­tin­ued a five-game road trip with a 130-114 loss, andWalsh won’t de­ter­mine the coach’s fu­ture un­til they have met in per­son.

Walsh hired Thomas to coach the In­di­ana Pac­ers in 2000, and both say they en­joy a good re­la­tion­ship. Walsh said they spoke Tues­day, adding that Thomas has a “great bas­ket­ball mind” and be­lieves he can still help the or­ga­ni­za­tion in some way.

Walsh will have com­plete power to de­cide. Madi­son Square Gar­den chair­man James Dolan gave the long­time Pac­ers ex­ec­u­tive full au­ton­omy to shape ev­ery­thing from the team’s ros­ter to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s me­dia pol­icy.

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